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7-11-2002

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What was the major influence in the development of your theological thought?

Rev. Dr. Charles Curran discusses the influence of Moral Theologian Bernard Herring on his work. While studying for his Ph.D., Curran came into contact with Herring’s The Law of Christ, his major work that looks to bring an holistic approach to Moral Theology. Inspired by this, Curran took classes taught by Herring, and earned dual Ph.D.s from the Alphonsianum in Rome and the Gregorian University. Curran also has been greatly influenced by Josef Fuchs. Both of these theologians led Curran to understand the moral issues that concern us today.

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Playing Time: 4:10 minutes

About the Interviewee:

Rev. Dr. Charles E. Curran is the Elizabeth Scurlock University Chair of Human Values at Southern Methodist University. Dr. Curran is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and has authored over three hundred publications on Catholic moral theology, social ethics, and the role of the Church as a moral and political actor in society. His book Catholic Moral Theology in the United States: A History (Georgetown University Press, 2008) won the American Publisher's Award for Professional and Scholarly Excellence in Theology and Religion and the First Place Prize in History in the Catholic Press Association Book Awards.

About the Interviewer:

Dr. Alfred Benney is a professor of Religious Studies at Fairfield University. He has a Ph.D in Theology from the Hartford Seminary Foundation and teaches courses in Non-Traditional American Religions and Christian Religious Thought. His research interests include "how people learn"; "the appropriate use of technology in teaching/learning" and "myth as explanatory narrative". He has published work on teaching with technology.

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